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Prepare for bad weather power outages with reliable rechargeable batteries

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When bad weather hits, the power grid may go down, leaving you with a dead phone, computer, lights etc. A good re-chargeable battery can make all the difference.

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Should a Walking Stick Be Part of Your Survival Gear?

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“Although the vast majority of walkers never even think of using a walking staff, I unhesitatingly include it among the foundations of the house that travels on my back. I still take my staff along almost as automatically as I take my pack. It is a third leg to me – and much more besides.” – Colin Fletcher, The Complete Walker III, 1984 (page 78)

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A2 steel | Is it the best choice for your knife blade?

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A knife with inferior steel is a waste of money. But paying too much for the blade steel when you don’t need it may also be wasteful. What steel will work best for your hunting/ bushcraft/ survival cutlery needs? Don’t overlook A2 for your next knife.

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What is the best camera for point-and-shoot outdoor use?

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You want quality photos, but also a durable, waterproof camera that can take a beating. What is a good point-and-shoot camera for taking everywhere? 

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Hillsound Trail Crampons can be used successfully in urban setting as well as in the mountains.

Hillsound Trail Crampons | Try these so you won’t slip on icy surfaces

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More of us will shovel driveways and sidewalks than traverse glaciers and Himalayan trails. These crampons can help you do both safely.

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This pocket survival kit has many items that could help you survive disasters or emergencies.

What good is a mini survival kit? Five things they can’t do

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Mini, pocket-sized survival kits are in every outdoors store. But, really, what good are they? Here are some things they can’t do.

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Find simple gear to make everyday carry survival kits

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It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a quick snowshoe trek or an hour-long stroll along a wooded path – basic survival tools should be taken along. This gear, or kit, must be lightweight and convenient to carry, or it gets left behind. Here’s what to get.

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Recycle a plastic tobbogan into a mobile survival tool

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A plastic kids’ toboggan has many uses in wilderness and survival situations. And they’re easy to find and cheap. Here’s why you might consider one as a piece of survival equipment.

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Video review: LifeStraw Portable Water Filter

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Ounces count in backpacking, and shaving water weight is one option. The LifeStraw Portable Water Filter can really help. It’s lightweight, compact and works really well.

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Review: Fenix rechargeable headlamp should be in your gear

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I love headlamps, and think one should be in everyone’s emergency gear. This Fenix rechargeable headlamp deserves consideration for your emergency gear and/or Bug Out Bag.

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